NCPO urged to tackle violence against women, children


BANGKOK, July 9 —  Thailand’s Foundation for Women and women’s networks called on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to tackle violence against women and children and called for the resignation of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) governor after a girl was raped and killed on a train.

Representatives of Foundation for Women (FFW), together with regional and Bangkok-based women’s networks, submitted a proposal to the NCPO at the Government House Center for Public Service in Bangkok on Wednesday to end violence against children and women after a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed on a Bangkok-bound train from the southern province of Surat Thani before being thrown out of the moving train.

The proposal includes a request to the Royal Thai Police for female police officers to investigate crimes against women and children to be posted throughout the country, eradication of obscene and pornographic materials, prevention of sexual assaults and nightclub zoning.

Regional Women’s Networks representative Suree Chaisukuman also called for the railway governor Prapat Chongsanguan to resign to show responsibility and requested overall train safety and security improvements to prevent similar incidents from occurring in future.

Bangkok Social Development Volunteer chairman Sasithorn Kaliwang suggested that police officers patrol every half hour on the train and requested clean and safe toilets, safer doors to sleeping areas and prohibition of smoking and alcohol.